T is for TRAID

Posted: April 28, 2011 in Charity, Education, Poverty

Textile Recycling for Aid and International Developement is a charity based in the UK that works to protect the environment, reduce waste and educate the public on environmental and world poverty issues. To accomplish these goals TRAID operates over 900 textile recycling banks where clothing is donated and saved from landfills to be sorted through and sold at TRAID shops.

Clothing that is damaged, stained or torn is redesigned and sold under the award-winning recycled label, TRAIDremade. When the organization members are not sorting through clothing they are raising money for expansion of recycling projects and educating the public through assemblies and workshops.

In addition to saving the environment and education the public, TRAID has been actively combatting poverty around the world. Some projects that the organization has been a part of include Africa Now, Every Child, and the Fairtrade Foundation.

To learn more about TRAID, how you can help or to make a donation visit www.traid.org.uk.


ShelterBox is there when disaster strikes to provide emergency shelters and lifesaving supplies. The International disaster relief charity that provides big, green boxes to those who have been victims of natural disasters such as when the monstrous earthquake hit Japan over six weeks ago.

Inside these green boxes are practical and urgently needed equipment. Each box contains one disaster relief tent that holds up to 10 people, a children’s pack (crayons, pens, coloring books), blankets, sheets, gloves, malaria nets, water purification systems, a tool kit (for self sufficiency), and a stove (wood burning or multi-fuel). The boxes are adapted to address the victims in different areas of the world affected by different disasters. Those experiencing devastation after a tsunami may not be affected in the same way as those who have experienced an earthquake’s devastation.

Learn how you can get involved and help ShelterBox. Check out their Young ShelterBox area too for Scouts and Teachers.

Here are some statistics that should shock you:
-Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
-44% of victims that have been raped, sexually assaulted, abused or victims of incest are below the age of 18.
-In 2003, statistics showed that 1 out of 10 men have been rape victims.
-In 2003, 9 out of every 10 rape victims was female.
-93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.

All of these statistics and more can be found at RAINN: the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the nation. RAINN provides counseling to victims, runs a sexual assault hotline (online and offline), supports victims seeking justice against their attackers, provides education on sexual violence, and is a leader in bringing national attention to sex crimes.

RAINN has helped over a million men and women who have been the victims of sexual assault by providing a National Sexual Assault Hotline that offers confidential round the clock services. If you have been the victim of rape, abuse, or sexual assault call 1-800-656-HOPE or visit rainn.org.

If you know someone who has been a victim please visit RAINN’s Help a Loved One’s page which offers advice, guidance and support.

To learn more on how to reduce the risk of assault, reporting an assault, or the laws and resources in your state regarding sex crimes visit RAINN.

Imagine 2000 acres of black oak, blue oak, interior live oak, oracle oak, scrub oak, and valley oak trees in CA. Imagine this area being unscathed with natural deer trails through native California bunchgrasses. This area exists in Napa County, Ca. and is protected by the Quail Ridge Nature Conservancy.

The non-profit conservancy is a public benefit land trust “dedicated to wilderness preservation, the promotion of biological diversity, native habitat research, and education about environmental stewardship.”

If you are in the mood to get closer to nature and see an incredibly beautiful, preserved and timeless area in CA consider taking a guided walk through the Quail Ridge Reserve.

“We’re the impossible ones. We want to start revolutions with a pencil and a backpack. We want to test the edge of the world by feeling its curves. We want to see more, be more, do more.” This quote is from the Pencils of Promise Who We Are page and sums up what this organization is all about.

Pencils of Promise was started in 2008 when one child on the streets of India asked for a pencil. In the years since Adam Braun, found of PoP, handed out that first pencil over 20 schools have been created and over 20 projects have been established and started. These projects create schools for children without access to education all over the world.

Justin Bieber is a big supporter of PoP and together have launched a new campaign for everyone out there to make your own fundraiser page to create Schools4All. Whomever raises the most money will get to meet the teen pop sensation along with Pencils of Promise’s founder Adam Braun at the school of their choice.

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The mission of Operation: Blankets of Love is more than just collecting comfort items for sick, abused, and neglected homeless animals living in sanctuaries and shelters. It is about providing emergency first-response to shelters and sanctuaries, advocating for animal welfare, and promoting adoption to decrease animal homelessness.

Operation: Blankets of Love is a non-profit organization that collects, transports and distributes new and recycled comfort items to animal shelters, sanctuaries, foster groups and rescue groups. Some items that are needed year round include towels, blankets, pet treats, leashes, collars, pet toys, pet beds, crates and carriers.

Please help Operation: Blankets of Love by becoming a sponsor, donating or hosting a blanket drive. Your help will provide sick, victimized, and neglected animals with comfort until they can be adopted into good homes.

Can you imagine a place that exists where an entire group of people are systematically and deliberately destroyed based on their ethnicity, race, religion or nationality? One would think that after the Holocaust that genocide would no longer be an issue. It still is but the group behind the Not on Our Watch Project is attempting to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan and beyond.

Genocide was legally defined by the United Nations in 1948 as, “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

The Not On Our Watch Project was created by Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman and Jerry Weintraub to offer lifesaving humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced. The group is also committed to stopping the mass atrocities of genocide still being carried out all over the world and to giving the voice to the victims of such crimes.

One of the biggest projects that Not On Our Watch focused on was creating the DigitalGlobe and Satellite Sentinel Project which uses satellite imagery to track, document and monitor the violence happening in the Sudan in real-time.